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El Cholo Restaurant

1121 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90006 (Central L.A)
(323) 734-2773
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Ranked #288 of 8,599 Restaurants in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: Mexican
Neighborhood: Central L.A
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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Hemet, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

Salsa and Chips are the first give away. Salsa had no flavor and was watered down. We asked for something hotter and it was just hot, again no flavor. The chips were not any better. Stale. I ordered a margarita...received it in a coke glass. Then came our food. On a scale of 1-5, the food was a 3. Lacked... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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116 reviews 116 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

We went to the El Cholo on South Flower Street in downtown LA. The best Mexican restaurant in the area -- friendly service, well-made and generously poured margaritas, terrific menu, fresh food. You can't ask for more from a traditional Mexican restaurant. The photos on the wall are fascinating as well. One of our favorites.

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Carson, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We went here on Halloween right before attending a game at Staples center, the food was great the margarita's were real tasty with the right balance of tequila and mix the chips were fresh and hot, great place to walk to from the staple center or anywhere in LA live

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San Diego
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68 reviews 68 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

This is the place for a wonderful margarita. There's something a little different from the typical recipe you get everywhere else. The food is very good and great service, too. Try the green tamale when it's in season.

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Top Contributor
89 reviews 89 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

This has the best and truly authentic Mexican food. The tortilla soup is to die for and everything is fresh and tastes home made!

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Pine Grove, CA
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Located right in the middle of downtown Los Angeles is El Cholo Restaurant purported to be the oldest restaurant in California. The atmosphere is delightful and the walls are lined with historic pictures of the Restaurant and family who started it in earlier days. The menu offered the typical Mexican food that would be expected. The service was a little... More

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Berthoud, Colorado
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41 reviews 41 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

TIP - walk thru the restaurant to the huge bar in the back - this is the place to be! Awesome atmosphere, great chips and salsa, large and tasty meals. This place is so much better than the LA Live area for an authentic local landmark. It can be packed on game days, but well worth the wait

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West Covina, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

They have a great happy hour and it is not overprices as compared to the places at LA Live. We like to go here before NBA games or concerts. They have the best taquitos and the prices are fair. The service is great and the margaritas are very good.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Chad, from The Ambrose Hotel, asked us if we needed a ride anywhere as we were heading out of the hotel for dinner. He told us it was GREAT place but that it was a bit of walk. He offered to drive us there. We were not disappointed! Had a lovely meal on the patio. Our server was very helpful... More

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Los Angeles, California
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57 reviews 57 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

This place is a real piece of Los Angeles' Mexican-American history, as it is LA's oldest Mexican restaurant, so old that when it opened it was known as a "Spanish" restaurant. Its beautiful, homelike interior is a wonderful place to relax after a day of sightseeing or work. Since El Cholo is the birthplace of the grand tradition of nachos,... More

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Additional Information about El Cholo Restaurant

Address: 1121 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90006
Phone Number: (323) 734-2773
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Angeles>  > Central L.A
Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
Cuisine: Mexican

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